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The Nonfiction Book Proposal

Intermediate Level // 10-Week Online Course

The Nonfiction Book Proposal

September 09 - November 17

$435 if registered by 08/19/2019
$485 if registered after 08/19/2019

Your course registration includes a FREE 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or True Story magazine (US residents only), or a free ebook; more details here.

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

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Instructor: Waverly Fitzgerald

If you have an idea for a creative nonfiction book, and want to find a publisher, this class is designed for you. Writing a book proposal is an art itself. This class covers all aspects of creating a book proposal, providing a format to help you showcase your writing and expertise. Assignments will help you clarify your idea, research the market, identify your audience, develop your credentials as an author, create an engaging overview and choose the best sample chapters for submission to publishers.

It isn’t necessary to finish writing your book before submitting a book proposal. In fact, you could use this class to explore an idea, test its marketability and develop a plan for its completion. Even if you ultimately decide to self-publish rather than seek a traditional publisher, you will have more information about how to sell your book to readers. Weekly lectures, examples, and assignments will focus on the different sections of the book proposal. Participants will engage in discussions and submit work for feedback from the instructor and other students.

Week 1: How a Book Proposal Works
Week 2: Collaborating and Competing
Week 3: Finding Your Audience
Week 4: The Author as Expert
Week 5: Promoting Your Books
Week 6: Summarizing the Book
Week 7: Summarizing Chapters
Week 8: Showcasing Your Writing
Week 9: Selling Your Book
Week 10: Submission Strategies

See the complete syllabus here »

See schedule of all available classes »

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Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after 5 pm on Friday of the first week of classes.

* Learn how to receive a "refer-a-friend" discount.

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* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) or True Story magazine (12-issues) with their online course registration (or a year extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription to Creative Nonfiction for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to offer complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription, please click here to add the cost of shipping to your order total.